Going Deeper with Dave: The Emergency Room

Journal entry (7.18.06)images-1

My grandson scratched my left eye with his fingernail Sunday afternoon and I had to go to the emergency room.

An “emergency room” is where you go when you have an “emergency”. You don’t go there to get one, you go there when you have one, and you want someone to correct it.

An emergency: something that needs immediate attention.

There must be many things that seem an emergency to me but don’t seem that way to God.

And then of course, there is the waiting room. How frustrating it is to be left in the waiting room for a long time, especially if you are in pain.

The nurse or receptionist determines who needs immediate attention and who can wait. Everyone wishes the doctors and nurses would drop everything and attend to them. But unless you’ve lost an arm, that seldom happens.

It’s stupid to have an emergency and not go to the emergency room. If you have to go to the emergency room and are directed to the waiting room you’ve got to trust that someone thinks it’s okay for you to wait.

It’s good that God does not cause us to wait because He is too busy with someone else. God has His own waiting room and when He directs us there it’s for a reason, a reason that is often unknown to us.

Questions for Reflection:

1. Do you have an emergency that you are currently dealing with?
2. What was the source of your emergency, i.e. was it your fault, the fault of someone else, or just bad luck?
3. Do you think God orchestrates our “emergencies” or allows them?
4. What difference does it make?
5. Are you in a waiting room?
6. What could you be doing while waiting?
7. What must you be careful not to do while waiting?